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In Virginia Fruits Festival, berries and pumpkins

In Virginia fruits, ensure a fruitful collaboration between event organizers. Fruits are at the center of many events, from the cherry blossom in spring to the pumpkin harvest in autumn. Fruits are the ornament of the fields, the sweetheart of agriculture in the east coast state, and the occasion for the many social events in all parts of Virginia under the sign of blackberries, peaches, apples,...

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Buy local Hampton roads Benefits of Seasonal Products.

Currently, we go to the supermarket and find the product shelves full of all kinds of fruits, vegetables, meat, or fish, waiting for us to take them home. Whatever the time of year, we want to have dinner that night; we have it on the shelves available to put it in the basket. And the truth is that contrary to what it may seem, Buy local...

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How you can help our local food systems weather this storm

This extended cold, snow and ice created a chain of events starting with our local producers and running through our delivery systems, end users, servers and customers. Buy Fresh Buy Local Hampton Roads partners provided this insight into their experiences during the past week and what they expect of the near future. We can all play a part in supporting our local food system through the coming...

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Collard Greens: The Wonderful Winter Vegetable!

Collard grees are a declicious southern staple, but they are also incredibly nutritious. Did you know that 1 cup of cooked collard greens has  858% DV of Vitamin K, 80% DV of Vitamin A, and 46% DV of vitamin C?  It is also a great source of fiber and calcium. Collards are cold hardy, and in Hampton Roads, that means they can be grown all winter...

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Setting Goals in the New Year

It is that time of year again. Time to dust off the old running shoes, jump on the scale, and sigh begin another soon to be failed attempt at “getting healthy.” I do not mean to be a cynic; in fact I believe that we can all change our human behavior. We can shift what drives us to grab for a soda instead of a drink...

Looking Forward to 2017! 0

Looking Forward to 2017!

Connect: Yearly site visits, and quarterly check-ins to ensure up-to-date, accurate information in the mobile app. Farm to Restaurant Food Show: Connecting chefs and farms Up to date calendar of all local food events and classes Educate: Fair Food Forums: movies, panel discussions, and networking related to local food systems Work to increase SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)participants at Farmer’s MarketsWhat’s in season?: Regular information on...

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Brussels spouts are mellowed out after being blanches and roasted. Then they are coated with Parmesan, honey and almonds for a tasty side dish. Ingredients: 1 lb. of Brussels Sprouts 2 tbsp. bread crumbs (brush bread with oil, bake it, cool it and chop in a food processor) ½ cup toasted whole almonds with skins on 3 tbsp. honey (use agave nectar if vegan) 1 tbsp....

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Butternut Squash Soup with Cranberry Puree

Savory, sweet and tart, this soup will impress your guests and highlights the fall season bounty. Ingredients: Soup: 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 carrots, finely chopped 2 tbsp. canola oil 1/8 tsp. mace 1-1/2 tsp. fresh ginger root, finely chopped 1 bay leaf Salt 1 ½ lb. butternut squash, peeled, chopped into one inch cubes ½ lb. sweet potatoes, peeled, chopped into one inch cubes 3...

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A 100 Mile Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is all about being thankful, but even more, it is about tradition and family.  Each family has it’s own signature dish, such as Aunt Sue’s oyster dressing, or Uncle Tim’s special green bean casserole.  These traditions are important for our families.  This year, BFBLHR challenges you to create a new tradition, by sticking to the family favorites, but making them out of local ingredients! Need...

Spicy Pumpkin Bisque 0

Spicy Pumpkin Bisque

This spicy bisque is a modern twist on an old classic. Warm and comforting and perfect for fall. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon cumin (add more if you are a cumin lover like me) 1 teaspoon red curry paste (may omit if you don’t have any on hand) 1 ¾ cup fresh pumpkin puree (or 1 14 or 15-oz can...